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Matt O'Grady Day

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By executive order today, I hereby declare June 19th Matt O'Grady Day at the Taproot Foundation. From this year forward, we will close our offices on June 19th every year to celebrate the wedding anniversary of our very own Vice President, National Expansion (Matt is officially tying the knot later this month in San Francisco), and more importantly to celebrate a major milestone in the civil rights movement in this country - the legalization of...

Single-Era Conjecture

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Single-Era Conjecture
Randall Stross made the conjecture yesterday in the New York Times that there is an "invisible law that makes it impossible for a company in the computer business to enjoy prominence that spans two technological eras." He points out that the crown changed hands every 10-20 years going from IBM to Lotus to Microsoft to Google. The latest was a transition from the personal computing era to...

Nation Divided

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Nation Divided

I recently finished Richard Florida's new book - "Who's Your City? ". He describes demographic trends that are concentrating the majority of creative class and knowledge workers in a very small number of mega regions that are all on the coasts (Boston - DC corridor, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and Seattle). He predicts that these mega regions are magnets for talent and the rest of...

Strategic Corporate Philanthropy

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This is an inspiring message from Bill Gates - it is in perfect alignment with the goals of the Pro Bono Action Tank.

'Strategic Corporate Philanthropy'
By BILL GATES
FROM TODAY'S WALL STREET JOURNAL ASIA
May 8, 2008

How important is access to information technology? A World Bank report released earlier this year found a very high correlation between the rate of technology progress and income growth. It said: "Technological...

Pro Bono Outfitter

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Pro Bono Outfitter

Looking for the right threads to show off your commitment to pro bono? This week we are beta testing the Pro Bono Outfitter, your destination for cool pro bono Taproot Foundation gear.

We are starting off with our classic Golden Turnip Jogger and popular vintage Golden Turnip ties. Check out the store and get your orders in early!

Pro Bono Outfitter.

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Breakthrough Research on Pro Bono Business Case

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Breakthrough Research on Pro Bono Business Case

On Monday, Deloitte released their study on the potential of Pro Bono as a corporate professional development tool. The phone survey was of Fortune 500 HR managers and was conducted by a third party using a robust sample. The results are really impressive and should help us convince companies of the value of pro bono.

The headlines:

91% of Fortune 500 HR managers agree that skills-based volunteering would add value to training and...

Pro bono makes you happy

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Pro bono makes you happy
We always wondered why all our volunteers have goofy smiles on their faces all the time. Now we know.

A recent study shows that people who do pro bono actually are happier! Lawyers are more satisfied when they fulfill the ABA's aspirational goal of 50 hours of pro bono work a year. While only about 46% of lawyers actually meet the goal, those who do...

A Gem: Chicago's Civic Consulting Alliance

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A Gem: Chicago's Civic Consulting Alliance

The more I understand pro bono services and their potential for social impact, the more I fall in love with Chicago's Civic Consulting Alliance. They have created a really powerful model in Chicago that needs to be replicated in every city as well as at the state and federal level.

The Civic Consulting Alliance is a partnership between the City of Chicago and CEOs of the top companies in the city. Every year they...

Greening our Operations

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While our environmental impact is not part of our mission, as responsible professionals we do need to look at the impact of our operations on the environment. Here are a few of the things we do that help to decrease our footprint:
Our volunteers each donate an estimated 100 hours per project. Of these 100 hours of work, 90% are virtual, requiring no travel.Many of our Roots (staff) work from home one day per week,...

Podcast with University of Michigan

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Podcast with University of Michigan

Check out Aaron's interview with his alma mater, the University of Michigan.

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